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The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector

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The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector is a collection of insightful and influential classic and recent readings on the existence, forms and functions of the nonprofit sector—the sector that sits between the market and government. The book encompasses everything from Andrew Carnegie's turn-of-the-century philosophy of philanthropy to the most recent writings by current scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines. Each part in the book opens with a framing essay by the editors that provides an overview of the central themes and issues, as well as the sometimes competing points of view.

The third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to feature new essays that analyze the nonprofit sector's place in our economy and its relationship to our government, and new readings on the economic, community, and civil society theories of the nonprofit sector. The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector is thorough, topical, and above all, accessible to students, making it the ideal text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate nonprofit organizations and management survey courses.

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“Ott and Dicke should be applauded for their outstanding efforts, which bridge the macro and micro levels of the nonprofit sector for the first time and consequentially enrich the intellectual understanding of the field.”
Public Administration Review, Vol. 73, Issue 1, January/February, 2013

“This book has the “classic readings” for those who are studying nonprofit organizations and civil society. The editors have done the work for you – assembling all of the things our students should read. If you want to understand the theories behind the nonprofit sector, this is the book to read.”
Joanne Carman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“I think the general coverage and organization of the book is good, and it works for the way I teach the material. The articles/material in the 2nd edition seem to me well-chosen. […]This version of the Ott book strikes me as a useful, down the center, approach to the subject.”
Stanley Katz, Princeton University
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